• 30 Mar 2017 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    30 March 2017

    Hitachi Construction Machinery’s announcement this month that it has been successful in its takeover bid for leading heavy engineering company, Bradken is just one of an increasing number of recent Japanese investments in Australia. In calendar 2015, the stock of direct foreign investment into Australia saw Japan move from the 3rd biggest overseas investor to 2nd, eclipsing the long held position of the UK. (The US is Australia’s largest foreign investor.)

    After years of concentration on organic growth and eschewing majority acquisition, the last few years have seen a dramatic shift in Japanese investment strategies in Australia. Equally the focus, especially for the Japanese trading houses, was in the resources and energy area. But the strategy has been slowly evolving and now is rapidly gaining momentum. Big ticket acquisitions reflect the need for Japanese companies to source more of their income from overseas as they face a shrinking but affluent market at home. To do this they have had to move away from minority equity as it will not deliver the dividend income they require. Organic growth, much prized by Japanese management and sensible in a relatively stable economic environment, is no match for the volatility and compression of the time-rate-of-change which is occurring in a number of markets and sectors. Japanese M&A in the Australian alcohol and beverage market was an early example but these have since been followed by equally spectacular acquisitions in logistics and life insurance. However, there has been a spate of recent Japanese acquisitions which are linking Australian business even more closely with a broader range of players in Japan. Interestingly, some of these deals are by lesser internationally known Japanese corporates and equally of smaller magnitude. Sectors in Australia in which there has been either Japanese acquisition or “green fields” establishments over the last 12-24 months include:

    ·         Construction
    ·         Fuel Storage
    ·         Logistics
    ·         Life Insurance
    ·         Wealth Management
    ·         Stockbroking
    ·         IT Consulting
    ·         Advertising
    ·         Agriculture
    ·         Car Parking Stations
    ·         Motor Vehicle Retailing
    ·         Food Packaging
    ·         Forestry
    ·         Resources

    Sourced from AJBCC Business Alerts, click here for more. 

  • 29 Mar 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From 3 April, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) will start releasing details of Tokyo2020-related tenders through its Business Chance Navi 2020 online portal (Japanese). Company pre-registration through the portal is required for prospective suppliers to participate in the bidding process.

    The planned procedure is described in TOCOG’s Procurement Guidelines (Japanese), which includes key information about TOCOG’s procurement policy and the steps in the bidding process.

    ANZCCJ has prepared a Provisional Translation of these guidelines, available free of charge for members at our Member Resources page. To access these materials, please follow the link and enter your login details when prompted.

  • 24 Mar 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    24 March 2017

    As we approach the new financial year, the ANZCCJ, in February, convened a Sponsor Consultation working group to discuss and exchange views with our membership on how the Chamber could deliver more value, and to update our understanding of member businesses’ needs and expectations.

    Through consultation with 33 member companies, ANZCCJ was able to compile valuable data regarding perspectives on the challenges faced by businesses operating in Japan as well as recommendations for improving the Australia-Japan and New Zealand-Japan bilateral relationship.

    To read our full report, click here.

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    08 March 2017

    By Eve Bentley

    Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity through highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by women worldwide, and the ability of every individual to combat these through bold action and meaningful support. The theme for 2017 is: #BeBoldForChange. For many, this means being bold against what is holding them back, and for others it may simply be standing up and challenging stereotypes. In doing so, #BeBoldForChange is able to embrace a future which will be inclusive to all people.

    The ANZCCJ will #BeBoldForChange through challenging bias and inequality by ensuring that it challenges conventional stereotypes and highlights when women are excluded. Through querying all male speaking panels, ANZCCJ seeks to illuminate bias, suggest alternatives and embrace an inclusive and fair leadership. Moreover, ANZCCJ will endeavor to enhance women’s advancement through its internship program, through which it assists in mentoring and assisting young women by taking junior female colleagues to major events and meetings, as well as encouraging a dynamic, supportive and flexible working environment. Through appointing women to our board, we demonstrate our value in supporting women’s advancement, and providing mentors for the future. ANZCCJ pursues the celebration of female achievements through its consistent reinforcement of the success of women leaders in both the business world, but also across all social, economic, cultural and political spheres. In raising women’s visibility through the dissemination of their roles as media spokespeople, as well as their ability to be overall role models, we reinforce and support the triumphs of women. Finally, as a Chamber of Commerce, ANZCCJ is able to champion women's education through supporting female innovation of new products and services, as well as celebrating the discovery of new knowledge by female researchers.

    ANZCCJ is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange as a way to declare the bold actions we currently undertake, and will continue to carry out in order to pursue purposeful action which can accelerate gender parity worldwide.

    To learn about some of the great initiatives taken by ANZCCJ Sponsors, click here. 

    Will you #BeBoldForChange?

    Read more about what you can do to commit to change at

  • 07 Mar 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    07 March 2017 

    LRB Sports, an organisation which looks to maximise the opportunities of New Zealand's youth through sports has approached the ANZCCJ for support through sponsorship for the Paikea 7's tour of Tokyo. 

    The Paikea 7's are a women's rugby team from Gisborne, New Zealand. The Paikea 7's are coming to Tokyo  on 17 April, for a week of rugby with matches against some of Japan's top teams. 

    The team sees this as an opportunity for the Japanese players to make international friends, learn to communicate in English and play a top quality physical team. 

    Sponsorship can come in the form of a monetary donation, or in kind. 

    Sponsors will receive the following: 

    • Mention of your company in up coming media interview and television appearances 
    • Signed jersey from the NZ women sevens team 
    • Your banner/logo on the LRB Sports website and Facebook page 
    • You banner/logo on the event poster 
    • Paikea 7's warm up jersey 
    Follow LRB Sports on social media here and learn more about the organisation here

    To sponsor, contact LRB Sports Founder Luke Bradley at

  • 28 Feb 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    28 February 2017

    The Australian Government's  Foreign Policy White Paper, the first since 2003, is slated for publication later this year. It will look at Australia's economic, security and foreign policy interests and examine global trends in the years ahead.

    The ANZCCJ's submission to the White Paper outlines the challenges faced by our members operating in Japan and makes recommendations for achieving enhanced Australia-Japan business ties.

    View ANZCCJ's submission

    About the White Paper

  • 22 Feb 2017 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Emma Kodaka

    21 February 2017

    On 21 February, we were joined by over 50 Japanese and other business representatives for the sixth instalment of our SME Support Program event series, at the contemporary Australian themed restaurant, Salt by Luke Mangan.

    The SME Support Program is presented on a quarterly basis by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), and hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and JETRO. The program aims to connect small and medium sized Japanese businesses with little or no international experience with Australian and New Zealand executives, businesses and organisations with substantial experience, expertise and know-how in international business, trade and investment.

    Speakers who presented at the event were:

    • Hideaki Yoshimura, Global Value Partners, CEO
    • Hitoshi Sato, Maruhachi Tent, CEO
    • Julia Ward, Australian Embassy Tokyo, Second Secretary

    Mr Yoshimura was the first to present, giving us an insight into his experiences of entering the market in Australia and the opportunities and challenges he faced. Next, Mr Sato and his associates gave a fascinating presentation on their unique company, the benefits of long-term internship and market entry overseas. Finally, Ms Ward of the Australian Embassy in Tokyo spoke about the ‘New Colombo Plan’, an initiative by the Australian government to send its best and brightest students to undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan. The presentations were followed by a networking session for participants and advisors to mingle and discuss business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand from the Japanese perspective.

    Participants reported that they were pleased to hear the “candid and insightful business experiences of the presenters and advisors.

    Thank you to our guest speakers, business owners and entrepreneurs who attended this event and to our ANZCCJ Advisors who donated their time to this event.

    ANZCCJ is committed to providing useful advice, information and networking opportunities to SMEs in Japan who are interested in trade with Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how your business can take part at our next SME Support Program Event as a presenter, advisor or participant, please contact Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director at

  • 01 Feb 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZCCJ is pleased to announce that we will be revamping our 2017 online Member Directory in line with our aim to increase member engagement and assist business collaboration between Japanese and Australian/New Zealand companies. The Directory will be updated to contain the following new information and features:

    • An online ANZCCJ member-only forum that facilitates cross-border business engagement;
    • An ANZCCJ member-only directory that will allow for enhanced business promotion and marketing;
    • Individual member areas of expertise to allow business enquiries to be directed to the right person in your organisation.

    To ensure that your profile is complete, please log in to your profile, click on ‘Edit Profile’ and provide the following information:

    • include your individual areas of expertise that you are happy for other members to contact you about;
    • select an “Industry Type” for your company and/or services; and
    • include a brief “Company Profile”.

    If you have forgotten your password, you may reset it here or contact for assistance.

  • 27 Jan 2017 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By George Onishi

    The Australian community in Tokyo were treated last night to a delightful five course dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan to celebrate this year's Australia Day. Guests enjoyed a selection of fine Australian wines paired with contemporary Australian-Japanese cuisine, beautifully prepared by Chef Saito.

    A big thank you to Sally Townsend for putting together a fantastic evening for us. Sally, a big supporter of the Australian community in Tokyo, is not only President of the Australia Society Tokyo (AST), but also a member of the ANZCCJ Executive Council; Co-Chair of the Sports for Business Committee; and Vice-Chair of the Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee.

  • 18 Jan 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event summary by George Onishi

    7 January 2017

    The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Australian Embassy Tokyo were pleased to welcome three legal practitioners from Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong presence in Asia-Pacific, to present a seminar on trends and opportunities in the Japan-Australia M&A market. The presenters were:

    • Tracy Whiriskey (Partner, Tokyo)
    • Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Melbourne)
    • Geread Dooley (Senior Associate, Sydney)

    The seminar was opened with introductions by ANZCCJ Chair, Andrew Gauci and Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner, Brett Cooper.

    In the first session, Ms Whiriskey and Ms Ogawa reflected on overall trends in Japan-Australia M&A activity from 2016. Ms Whiriskey outlined Japan’s cross-border M&A activity from last year, identifying growth sectors and key Japan-Australia deals. Ms Ogawa looked at key trends from 2016 and gave suggestions for Japanese investors based on these trends.

    In the second session, Ms Ogawa outlined the foreign investment regulatory landscape in Australia, highlighting key developments relevant to investors.

    Mr Dooley presented the third session with predictions and deal opportunities in cross-border M&A looking ahead to 2017. He noted that economic trends, both globally and within Australia, presented opportunities for Japan-Australia M&A in various key sectors.

    The seminar was concluded with a Q&A session followed by drinks to welcome the new year.

    The ANZCCJ would like to thank all speakers for their insightful observations on what is a key aspect of the commercial relationship between Japan and Australia.


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